Public Release: 

AAAS and the City University of New York announce 2016 Fellows

The City University of New York

Washington D.C.-- Dr. Ilona Kretzschmar of the City College of the City University of New York (CUNY) has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.

This year 391 members have been awarded this honor by AAAS because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. New Fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin on Saturday, 18 February from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2017 AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston, Mass.

This year's AAAS Fellows will be formally announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science on 25 November 2016.

As part of the Section on Engineering, Dr. Kretzschmar was elected as an AAAS Fellow for distinguished contributions to the field of colloid and interface science, particularly in terms of fabricating and understanding heterogeneous particles.

Dr. Kretzschmar has contributed extensively to the field of anisotropic building blocks, more specifically Janus and patchy particles. Anisotropic building blocks are a new class of materials with anisotropy-driven properties that allow for manipulation through external fields and gradients. For example, her team was first to present a feasible method for the fabrication of patchy particles and has since explored the assembly of Janus and patchy particles in external electric and magnetic fields, their applicability as active materials and their behavior at fluid/fluid interfaces. Dr. Kretzschmar and her group continuously strive to discover new deposition and scalable fabrication methods to generate novel anisotropic building blocks at the nanoscopic and microscopic length scale that exhibit unprecedented chemical, mechanical, and optical properties.

Upon learning of this honor, Dr. Kretzschmar described herself as delighted, humbled, and a little bit stunned. "Especially the fact that members are elected to Fellow status by their peers makes this nomination special to me," Dr. Kretzschmar said. "My thanks go to the many people who have enabled me along the way; my mentors who showed the way, my students who brought and continue to bring my research ideas to fruition, and my fellow colleagues who believe in my ability and vision."

The tradition of AAAS Fellows began in 1874. Currently, members can be considered for the rank of Fellow if nominated by the steering groups of the Association's 24 sections, or by any three Fellows who are current AAAS members (so long as two of the three sponsors are not affiliated with the nominee's institution), or by the AAAS chief executive officer. Fellows must have been continuous members of AAAS for four years by the end of the calendar year in which they are elected.

Each steering group reviews the nominations of individuals within its respective section and a final list is forwarded to the AAAS Council, which votes on the aggregate list.

The Council is the policymaking body of the Association, chaired by the AAAS president, and consisting of the members of the board of directors, the retiring section chairs, delegates from each electorate and each regional division, and two delegates from the National Association of Academies of Science.


The City University of New York is the nation's leading urban public university. Founded in New York City in 1847, the University comprises 24 institutions: 11 senior colleges, seven community colleges, and additional professional schools. The University serves nearly 275,000 degree-credit students and 218,083 adult, continuing and professional education students.

For more information, please contact Shante Booker or visit

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science as well as Science Translational Medicine, Science Signaling, a digital, open-access journal, Science Advances, Science Immunology, and Science Robotics. AAAS was founded in 1848 and includes nearly 250 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world. The non-profit AAAS is open to all and fulfills its mission to "advance science and serve society" through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education, public engagement, and more. For the latest research news, log onto EurekAlert!, the premier science-news Web site, a service of AAAS. See

Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.